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Delivery van driver

Delivery van drivers collect parcels from a warehouse and deliver them to customers.

Annual Salary

£16,500 to £27,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

20 to 42 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; away from home

Future employment

There will be 0.2% more Delivery van driver jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As a delivery driver you could:

  • collect items from a warehouse or pick up point
  • plan the route and load the vehicle to match this route
  • contact customers and update tracking systems and delivery records
  • make deliveries, give invoices and get customer signatures
  • record mileage and fuel and return undelivered items

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work from a vehicle.

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or by applying directly.


You could do an Express Delivery Operative Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship or an Urban Driver Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.

These apprenticeships take at least 1 year to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
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Direct application

You could apply directly to work as a delivery driver.

Employers will expect you to have:

  • basic English and maths skills
  • a good driving record
  • the correct driving licence

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • You'll need a licence for the vehicle you'll be driving and a good driving record. Your employer might supply you with a delivery van, but if you're self-employed you'll need your own vehicle.
  • have a full driving licence

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Career tips

You'll find it useful to have experience in storage, working in a warehouse or other driving work.

Further information

You can find out more about working in logistics from Generation Logistics.

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With experience you could:become a delivery coordinator and manage a team of delivery drivers; use your driving skills to work in other types of transport; do training to become a HGV driver and work in freight transport; get a Security Industry Association license and do specialist training to drive and deliver cash and high value items

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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